Here’s a line Guido has been waiting to write for a long time – the New Statesman’s James Macintyre has been fired.
As regular readers will know Guido has had a less than cordial relationship with the thirsty sidekick of Derek Draper. There are two different versions of events as to what happened after the Statesman’s Labour Party Conference bash. Macintyre claims he was mugged on the way home, but witnesses say he was paralytic. Either way he didn’t wake up with his work laptop or phone. He was put on leave, but has now finally been shown the door after months of humiliating errors and dud stories.
In honour of his departure Guido thought he would list of some James’s Greatest Hits:
How can anyone forget when he called Michael Kaminski, the current leader the Tory ECR group of MEPs, a neo-nazi, on camera? Or when he accused the whole Conservatives of being institutionally racist? What about that time he got the Staggers sued for some serious cash by Daniel Hannan for equally outrageous claims?
There have also been some fantastic quotes from the widely respected journalist. By far the greatest must be those that showed his incredible foresight:
“With a few exceptions, the dark briefings by ministers against other ministers within Labour went away with the departure from Number Ten of Tony Blair”
He was destroyed by the Tory bloggers during the election after making up a story about them based on a menu he found. He also called the election for Labour:
“a small overall majority for Labour is the most likely outcome”
Guido has had some hilarious run ins, such as the time young James accused him of working for the Intelligence Services. Guido was particularly proud of of his put down.
Who could forget the his email chain with his former “close friend” Derek Draper about the cuteness of boys and girls, and the drunken denial of an unasked question at Tory Conference in Manchester 2008:
“I did not have sex with Derek Draper”
One of the final straws that broke the camel’s back must have been his calling of the Labour leadership for Diane Abbott. Presumably post lunch.
It is not known at this time whether he has finally got that job he coveted so much with Ed Miliband…